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You can’t have them all

Dear all,

In my first post I mentioned to have invested in some new material. Last week, I talked about the 7D upgrade for the 350D. In terms of glass, I wanted a good general purpose lens, both for wildlife landscape shooting, yet also for other purposes (such as indoor shooting in low light conditions, see last week’s post), which I found in the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, a good price-quality ratio lens, saving me some money for the larger toys: a canon L series 70-200 f2.8 IS USM and while waiting for the 200-400 f4 to come (delayed due to the earthquake in Japan), a 300 mm f4 L IS USM. On top of that, we were lucky to receive a 100mm Canon macro lens from Sietske’s parents for our wedding, allowing us to go wild in the garden ;-).

In choosing those, once again, the information provided through The Digital Picture has been of an incredible support.

The 70-200 f/2.8 has been chosen for its overall sharpness, its general wildlife usefullnes, I stuck to the I series for the sake of saving some money.

Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 mm f/4 L IS USM @ 153 mm, f/4.5, 1/160, ISO 100

I opted for the 300 mm f/4 prime, because the 400 mm lenses and the f/2.8 are way out of my budget. It’s my first prime lens and is quickly developing into my favorite toy for the time being, scarily sharp and stimulating my photography by being stuck to one focal length.

Canon 7D, Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 640

We opted for the 100 mm macro as a compromise between the shorter focal length macro lenses (too short to have some insect fun in the garden) and the too bulky larger focal length ones.

Canon 7D, Canon EF 100mm, f/2.8 macro, 1/125, f/3.2, ISO 125

Choosing them is one thing, purchasing them is another thing, especially when you happen to be based in Kenya. Myself, I have great experiences with Fotoapparatuur.

This being said, for the followers of this blog in Kenya looking for photographic equipment to buy or to rent, please feel free to contact me and I will let you know whether I can help out or not.

Enough about equipment, time to talk photography again, … more next week.

All the best,